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Troup’s Blake Lynch Invited to Elite 11 Regional Tryout

Troup’s Blake Lynch evades a Jefferson defender during Troup’s 26-22 home win in October. (Christopher Vinn,

Troup sophomore quarterback Blake Lynch has seen his recruitment blossom in the last couple of weeks. Monday evening brought another big development.

Lynch was invited to the Elite 11 regional tryout April 6 at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility in Irving.

Elite 11 is widely regarded as the top competition in the country for high school quarterbacks. Six regional tryouts pare down the field to 24 quarterbacks, who then travel to a week-long camp in California during the summer to determine the next “Elite 11″ quarterback class. Alumni of the competition include Matt Leinart (USC), Vince Young (Texas), Troy Smith (Ohio State), Chris Leak (Florida), Matthew Stafford (Georgia), Tim Tebow (Florida), Ryan Mallett (Michigan/Arkansas), Andrew Luck (Stanford), and A.J. McCarron (Alabama).

Lynch has seen his recruiting attention pick up steam since receiving a couple of junior day invitations — Texas Tech and Mississippi State — within the last couple of weeks. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder visited Mississippi State on March 2 and got an Alabama junior day invitation on his way back from Starkville, Miss.

Lynch enjoyed his visit to Mississippi State. He said the Bulldog coaching staff “basically told me I was one of the top 2015 quarterbacks in the country and they are very interested in me playing quarterback for them in the future.” Programs have also looked at Lynch as a receiver or a safety.

Lynch had about 1,500 total yards of offense in leading Troup to a 9-2 record and Class 2A Division I Region III first-round playoff appearance in 2012. Lynch joins classmate Marcus Kincade, a running back, to give coach Dennis Alexander a solid backfield for the next two seasons.

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